Edging & Borders

Discover the proper techniques in which to sew a dart. Darts are key to sewing clothes that fit and are flattering.

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Finishing a Quilt and Giving it to Baby

While there's something so satisfying about finishing a gift quilt or sewing project—simple or not—even more satisfying is when it is finally in the hands of the person you made it for. A quilt for Baby Charlie. Last week, I sent a baby quilt from Massachusetts to California, for a new baby born in late…

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Babies with Borders: Adding Interesting Detail

Unlike garments for grown-ups, sewing patterns for children (and especially babies) tend to be much simpler. On a little one, there just isn't enough space to add a lot of details, extra seam lines, or tricky construction processes. Using a border print initially was anunexpected choice for me.  Short on fabric, I turned the borderon…

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Tips for Easy Sewing Patterns: Make Your Own Bias Tape

What makes an easy sewing pattern? A few weeks ago I wrote about using patterns multiple times-the second time is always easier than the first, and the third time puts me on Pattern Easy Street. After pressing the strip in half, unfoldand press the top edge down. Then press the bottom edge up. (The pin…

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Making New Rules – Sewing Edgings, Zippers and Borders

In many ways I'm very grateful for my more traditional sewing background. Having inserted hundreds (seems impossible, but is probably true!) of zippers over my lifetime, I can comfortably adjust almost any part of the process and still be confident about it being functionally successful. The ruffles are bias-pieced solids–a bold finish for these bold…

My Favorite Trick for Cutting Bias Strips

I am a huge fan of slipcovers, mostly because I own two massive golden retrievers who think they are lap dogs. Not only can you wash slipcovers–you can also change the look of a room in just a few minutes. As a result, I have become pretty good friends with John the Slipcover Guy. John has…